As the chemical manufacturers and junk food companies spend millions of dollars to keep us in the dark, a vibrant blaze of grassroots support for commonsense GMO labeling has erupted across the United States.
In 2013, both Connecticut and Maine passed GMO labeling, contingent upon neighboring states passing similar legislation. In May 2014, Vermont’s governor signed into law the first “no-strings-attached” GMO labeling law, set to go into effect July 2016. (Of course, the industry is now suing VT…). GMO labeling initiatives are underway in more than half the United States.
States are leading the way and setting the standard for meaningful GMO labeling so that we can soon pass a strong federal bill. Here in Massachusetts, we have the very real opportunity to be part of this regional tipping point toward a more transparent and safe food system. At the same time, we have to keep an eye on international “free trade agreements” which threaten our sovereignty as states and as a nation to label GMOs.
Take action now to support mandatory GMO labeling laws at the federal and state level.
We need people to contact their state elected officials AND their federal elected officials!
In total, 154 out of 200 Massachusetts legislators, including 125 from the House of Representatives and 29 from the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors to the Massacchuetts GMO labeling bill in 2015. We are extremely lucky to have so many incredible legislators supporting this effort here in Massachusetts. The level of support from both the House and Senate, as well as from residents from across the state speaks to the momentum behind passing a GMO labeling bill this session. Please visit the page, here: http://marighttoknow.com/home/ma-legislation/
Click HERE to send a quick message to congress in support of mandatory GMO labeling.
Support the Boxer-Defazio “Right to Know Act”
In April 2013, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act was introduced in both the Senate and the House by Senators Boxer (CA) and Representative DeFazio (OR). On February 12, 2015, the bill was reintroduced.
Click here to learn more and to take action in support of federal mandatory GMO labeling.
Oppose the Pompeo “DARK Act”
Trojan Horse: DARK Act! In April 2014, Kansas Congressman (and Koch brothers minion) Mike Pompeo introduced an industry-backed “GMO labeling” bill dubbed the “Denying Americans Right to Know Act”, (DARK). Among other things, the bill would make it ILLEGAL for states to require manufacturers label GMO ingredients.
As of October 2014, no Massachusetts congresspeople have co-sponsored the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014”, AKA the DARK Act. (GOOD!)
Click here to learn more and take action to stop the DARK Act.
Oppose the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)
Launched in July 2013, the U.S. is taking part in the TAFTA negotiations: an effort remove “trade irritants” at the behest of U.S. and European banks, agribusinesses and other powerful industry groups: ie. consumer safeguards on food, medicine, banking and cars. On the chopping block is GMO labeling, along with so many important safety standards.
(Click HERE to learn about TAFTA and let your congresspeople know!)
From outside Massachusetts? Visit the website of the GMO Action Alliance to find out about GMO labeling initiatives across the country.